Peter Wilkinson appointed technical director at the Institution of Fire Engineers
14 December 2020
THE INSTITUTION of Fire Engineers (IFE) has announced the appointment of Dr Peter Wilkinson CEng FIFireE CSci MIScT as the organisation’s new technical director. He will assume responsibility for developing the IFE’s position on wider issues within the sector, as well as informing members of the Institution’s involvement in the various Working Groups and industry forums and the subsequent knowledge and guidance resulting from them.
Wilkinson will assume responsibility for developing the IFE’s position on wider issues within the fire sector, as well as informing members of the Institution’s involvement in various Working Groups and industry forums and the subsequent knowledge and guidance that will result from these. In addition, his remit will entail working closely with similar organisations and institutions worldwide, while at the same time acting as liaison for global professional registration.
Further, Wilkinson will support the existing IFE Technical Strategic Advisory Group and Special Interest Groups to develop the Institution’s involvement and views on contemporary issues in the fire sector, as well as work closely with staff at IFE headquarters to ensure the improvement of technical resources available to members.
A member of the IFE, Wilkinson has been heavily involved with the Institution over a number of years now and currently sits on the Board of Directors. A Chartered engineer and scientist, as well as a registered fire risk assessor, Wilkinson brings a wealth of experience to the new role of technical director.
He holds an Engineering Doctorate (for which he investigated resilient fire engineering building design) and currently chairs the British Standards Technical Committee FSH/24 focused on developing and codifying fire safety engineering practices.
Roy Bishop, CEO at the IFE, commented: “We’re delighted to welcome Peter to the team. The role of technical director is a new one for the Institution and will provide structured international thought leadership as we become more heavily involved in sector-wide projects and continue to move the organisation forward. This appointment is the direct result of listening to our members and volunteers who’ve taken part in the reviews centred on our strategic plan. This appointment will allow us to more fully represent the members’ views and work towards being able to assist them in understanding the Institution’s policy position in a range of areas.”
Commenting on his new role, Wilkinson observed: “I’m looking forward to representing the IFE’s membership globally and developing the Institution’s position. This new role is very much focused on gathering knowledge of external factors within the sector from which guidance and learning can then be shared with our members. I will be working closely with individuals who represent the IFE around the world on forums and industry groups and look forward to understanding their work in detail.”